Born to a teenage mother.
Dad was killed when I was 5 years old.
Worked two jobs
while attending my regular
high school and an arts high school.
Evicted from my childhood home
my senior year of high school.
Lost everything but kept seeking better.
My senior year of high school
I graduated with honors
and received over $500,000 in scholarships for music and academics.
Got into my dream school,
James Madison University,
and received a full ride for music.
During these past few years,
I've had peers
and family members die
and end up in very bad situations.
I'm thankful that
I never let my circumstances define who I am.
Two weeks ago,
with a concentration in Performance
and a minor in Music Industry.
This degree is for my peers
who didn't have the same opportunity as me.
This degree is for Portsmouth, Virginia,
where a lot of people don't make it out.
"Everyday's a struggle, everyday's a song."